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Archive Bar & Kitchen: SOMA has another watering hole, this one without a liquor license but with cocktails made with vermouths, beers, and liqueurs, and a menu of pizza and charcuterie meant for sharing. 602 Mission.

Libby Jane Cafe: The legendary Brenda's Soul Food has expanded down the street with a cafe offering biscuits, cornmeal muffins, sweet potato coffee cake, chicory coffee, and a daily rotating soup. 644 Polk, 926-2540,

Marla Bakery Kitchen Communal: Amy Brown and Joe Wolf have opened up a pop-up window out of their commercial kitchen. Menu items include sweet and savory scones, pain au chocolat, bagels and a $15 lunch combo that includes savory pie, roasted butternut squash salad, and honey-quince pot de creme for dessert. 613 York,

Oddjob: From some of the guys who brought us Big, Public Works, and Jones comes a new SOMA cocktail bar. The craft cocktail lounge can host 100-plus people and has a working steel conveyer belt beneath its bartop, as well as a funky machine that makes Corpse Reviver #2's. 1337 Mission,

Osmanthus: This new Sichuan venue highlights dishes like ma po tofu, twice-cooked pork belly, and small plates like dry-fried chicken wings with Sichuan peppercorns. 6048 College Ave., Oakland; (510) 923-1233,

Sabrosa: The Marina's latest upscale Mexican spot, from the same team that brought you The Brixton. Chef Jose Ramos' menu spans multiple regions and recipes from his family with dishes like fish empanadas, pomegranate guacamole, and pork short-rib confit in mole. 3200 Fillmore, 638-6500,

Three Potato Four: Someone finally came up with the idea to open up a french fry-only joint, offering a choice of potatoes, styles, and a dozen-plus dipping sauces. In a twist, all fries are baked in a convection oven, instead of fried. Also the place is space-themed. 1051 Market,

The Torpedo Room: Chico's Sierra Nevada brewery comes to Berkeley for its first Bay Area taproom. Fifteen taps offer familiars like Sierra's Pale Ale along with experimental brews, customers can get growlers to go, and there's a short menu of bar snacks. 2031 Fourth St., Berkeley, (510) 647-3439,

Trocadero Club: Dennis Leary and Eric Passetti's new cocktail bar at the corner of Geary and Leavenworth pays homage to the city that has pretty much always had a bar named Trocadero, dating back to an old roadhouse in the Barbary Coast days. 701 Geary,


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